|1986 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Jerry Burns|
|General manager||Mike Lynn|
|Division place||2nd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 1986 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 26th season in the National Football League, and their first with former offensive coordinator Jerry Burns as head coach, following the departure of Bud Grant at the end of the previous season.
The Vikings finished with a 9–7 record and missed the playoffs for the fourth season in a row.
|1986 Minnesota Vikings Draft|
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|1||8||Traded to the San Diego Chargers[a]|
|14||Gerald Robinson||Defensive end||Auburn||from Packers via Chargers[a]|
|2||40||Traded to the Miami Dolphins[b]|
|44||Traded to the New York Giants[c]||from Chargers[a]|
|53||Traded to the New York Giants[c]||from Raiders[d]|
|3||66||Traded to the San Diego Chargers[a]|
|4||93||Joe Phillips||Defensive tackle||Southern Methodist|
|5||120||Hassan Jones||Wide receiver||Florida State|
|6||147||Thomas Rooks||Running back||Illinois|
|7||179||Carl Hilton||Tight end||Houston|
|8||206||Gary Shippang||Offensive tackle||West Chester (PA)|
|9||232||Mike Slaton||Defensive back||South Dakota|
|10||259||Joe Cormier||Wide receiver||USC|
|11||286||John Armstrong||Wide receiver||Richmond|
|12||318||Jesse Solomon||Linebacker||Florida State|
- ^[a] San Diego traded a 1st round selection (14th overall) and 2nd round selection (44th overall) to the Vikings for their 1st round selection (8th overall) and 3rd round selection (66th overall).
- ^[b] Minnesota traded one of their 2nd round selections (40th overall) and LB Robin Sendlein to Miami for WR Anthony Carter.
- ^[c] Minnesota traded two 2nd round selections (44th and 53rd overall) to the Giants for OT Gary Zimmerman.
- ^[d] The Raiders traded their 1985 6th round selection (164th overall) and 1986 2nd round selection (53rd overall) to Minnesota for LB Brad Van Pelt.
Special teams coaches
|1||August 9||Miami Dolphins||W 30–16||1–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||52,865|
|2||August 16||Denver Broncos||W 29–27||2–0||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||53,193|
|3||August 22||at Seattle Seahawks||L 17–27||2–1||Kingdome||57,730|
|4||August 30||at Indianapolis Colts||W 23–20 (OT)||3–1||Hoosier Dome||57,969|
|1||September 7||Detroit Lions||L 10–13||0–1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||54,851|
|2||September 14||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 23–10||1–1||Tampa Stadium||34,579|
|3||September 21||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 31–7||2–1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||56,795|
|4||September 28||Green Bay Packers||W 42–7||3–1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||60,478|
|5||October 5||at Chicago Bears||L 0–23||3–2||Soldier Field||63,921|
|6||October 12||at San Francisco 49ers||W 27–24 (OT)||4–2||Candlestick Park||58,637|
|7||October 19||Chicago Bears||W 23–7||5–2||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||62,851|
|8||October 26||Cleveland Browns||L 20–23||5–3||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||59,133|
|9||November 2||at Washington Redskins||L 38–44 (OT)||5–4||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||51,928|
|10||November 9||at Detroit Lions||W 24–10||6–4||Silverdome||53,725|
|11||November 16||New York Giants||L 20–22||6–5||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||62,003|
|12||November 23||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 20–24||6–6||Riverfront Stadium||53,003|
|13||November 30||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 45–13||7–6||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||56,235|
|14||December 7||at Green Bay Packers||W 32–6||8–6||Lambeau Field||47,637|
|15||December 14||at Houston Oilers||L 10–23||8–7||Astrodome||32,738|
|16||December 21||New Orleans Saints||W 33–17||9–7||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||51,209|
|Green Bay Packers||4||12||0||.250||3–5||3–9||254||418||L1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||14||0||.125||1–7||1–13||239||473||L7|
|Passing yards||Tommy Kramer||3,000|
|Passing touchdowns||Tommy Kramer||24|
|Rushing yards||Darrin Nelson||793|
|Rushing touchdowns||Ted Brown
|Receiving yards||Steve Jordan||859|
|Receiving touchdowns||Anthony Carter||7|
|Kickoff return yards||Rufus Bess||705|
|Punt return yards||Rufus Bess||162|
|Forced fumbles||Chris Doleman||2|
|Category||Total yards||Yards per game||NFL rank|
(out of 28)
Awards and records
- On August 2, Fran Tarkenton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He was the first player inducted who was primarily a Minnesota Viking during his career.
- Tommy Kramer was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year by Pro Football Weekly.